Stephen King’s It is one of his more iconic stories. The book tells of a group of kids that encounter a multidimensional entity, one which lures children in the form of a clown and then kills them with their worst fears. The book became the subject of a 1991 TV miniseries which made Tim Curry’s role as Pennywise, the multidimensional entity mentioned above, a pop culture phenomenon.
And like many other popular franchises and properties, when talk of an It film adaptation began, people were unsure who could take on Tim Curry’s role. When Cary Fukunaga was attached to write and direct the It film, he had tapped actor Will Poulter for the role. This fell through, however, when Fukunaga left the project and Andy Muschietti (director of Mama) took on the casting process.
Muschietti looked at various actors to replace William Poulter, including Kirk Acevedo (known for his role in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), but according to The Hollywood Reporter, Bill Skarsgård has ultimately been chosen for the role.
Other actors in the cast include Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs and Jeremy Ray Taylor. Here’s hoping the finished product we ultimately end up seeing will be worth the long wait.
IT comes to theaters on September 8, 2017.
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